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    Today's Grammar PSA

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    A moot point is one which doesn't matter.

    Mute point is . . . well, not correct. (It's a very common error.)

    Laurence Humphrey, the president of Magdalen College, Oxford, wrote Nobles or of Nobilitye, a manual of behaviour for the English nobility, in 1563. In that he wrote:

    "That they be not forced to sue the lawe, wrapped with so infinite crickes and moot poyntes."

    In medieval England, moots, or meets, were assemblies or councils where points of government were debated. The country was split into juridicial areas called hundreds and administered via assemblies known as hundredmotes. The form of government has long since vanished but the term hundred is still in use as the name of the procedural device which gives consent to MPs' resignation. British MPs aren't allowed to resign and, when members wish to leave Parliament they may do so by applying for the notional position of Crown Steward and Bailiff of the Chiltern Hundreds. In such assemblies points which were put up for discussion were said to be mooted.
    Moot point

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    I grammar.
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    Mute point? I've never heard anyone say that. I'd probably laugh if I did.

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    Really? I have heard and read it pretty regularly . . . it's one of those "grates on my nerves" misuses.
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    This reminds me of the friends episode where Joey says a Moo point, because a cow's opinion doesnt matter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunbeam View Post
    Really? I have heard and read it pretty regularly . . . it's one of those "grates on my nerves" misuses.
    I read it a lot more than I hear it. But yeah, drives me up the wall, as well.
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    Our senior secretary at work sent out a snarky mass email to everyone...about 1,000 people explaining how to do this and that correctly.

    At the end of it she said, "And remember grammer counts"

    I peed myself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunbeam View Post
    Really? I have heard and read it pretty regularly . . . it's one of those "grates on my nerves" misuses.
    You get bonus points for using the correct "grates" in this grammar thread!


    Quote Originally Posted by decks89 View Post
    Our senior secretary at work sent out a snarky mass email to everyone...about 1,000 people explaining how to do this and that correctly.

    At the end of it she said, "And remember grammer counts"

    I peed myself.
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    This is a good one to remember.
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    I've never heard anyone use it incorrectly. Except for in that episode of Friends - You know, a "moo point", it's like a cow's opinion ... it just don't matter!
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